Saturday, March 22, 2014

Don't let the NRA choose our U.S. Surgeon General

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Gloria Pan of the organization MomsRising, and I started a petition to President Barack Obama, which says:

The White House and the U.S. Senate must stand firm behind the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for the position of U.S. surgeon general and move forward with his confirmation. The health interests of America's families must be paramount in the choice of a surgeon general, not the narrow political interests of the NRA and the extremist gun lobby.

The NRA is actively working to derail Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination and confirmation to the position of U.S. surgeon general. 

Why? Because, like many other doctors, he has in the past referred to gun violence as a threat to public health. 

Dr. Murthy is a Harvard- and Yale-educated doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. His concern for gun safety is completely consistent with the consensus of medical and public health experts, and shared by such groups as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Public Health Association (APHA). Even C. Everett Koop, the legendary surgeon general nominated by Ronald Reagan, described gun violence as a "public health emergency."

The NRA has no business meddling in the decision of who should be the United States' foremost champion for public health issues. The position of Surgeon General has no role in determining gun control legislation.The NRA is simply blocking the nomination of the eminently qualified Dr. Murthy to extend its political power.

Tell the White House and the U.S. Senate to stand firm behind the nomination of Dr. Murthy for the position of U.S. surgeon general and to move forward with his confirmation!

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Gloria Pan

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